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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/12/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be run in Grand Prairie, Texas, at Lone Star Park on Saturday, Oct. 30, but Chicago Thoroughbred racing fans can watch, wager, dine and enjoy those races -- and most other major Thoroughbred contests around the nation -- in the relaxed atmosphere of Arlington Park's Million Room.

The luxurious Million Room will be open on that Saturday only this fall even though the current Arlington Park season comes to a close next Sunday, Sept. 19.

Of course Arlington Park Trackside will also be open that day, offering early bird wagering beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CDT), with its regular facilities opening the doors at 9:30, one-half hour before Calder Race Course's first race that day.

The Arlington Million Room, however, which will also open at 9:30, is offering a special Breeders' Cup Day package for $30 per person. The Million Room package includes a seat for the day, a continental breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and a chef's table from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will have hand carved beef briskets, specialty sandwiches, salad and pasta. Also included in the package: convenient parking, admission and a program.

The Million Room and Trackside Arlington Park will both remain open through Lone Star Park's final race.

Arlington Million Room reservations will be taken beginning at noon on Monday, September 13, and then Monday through Friday through Oct. 28. For Million room reservations call (847) 870-6943.


Jockey Eddie Martin Jr. suffered a broken collarbone during a Saturday spill in Arlington Park's $44,375 Paradise Creek Stakes.

Martin was injured when his mount Sure Prize, owned by Keith N. Myers, clipped heels with Arthur B. Hancock III & Runnymede Farm's Knox, causing Martin to lose an iron and fall to the ground on the first turn.

Martin was taken to Northwest Community Hospital where the injury was diagnosed Saturday evening. The 41-year-old native of Kenner, Louisiana, expected to be out of action for four to six weeks, was ninth in the Arlington standings through Saturday despite arriving well into the current season that closes Sept. 19.


The Grade I Man o' War Stakes at New York's Belmont Park, and the Group I Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Ireland's Leopardstown Racecourse -- both run Saturday an ocean apart -- provided significant postscripts to this summer's Grade I Arlington Million.

The 22nd Arlington Million, showcase event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, was run four weeks ago on Aug. 14.

In Saturday's Man o' War at Belmont Park, Michael Tabor's Magistretti, adjudged runner-up in this year's Million, launched a bold run in the final furlong of the mile and three-eighths grass test to tally by a length and a quarter over Gary A. Tanaka's Epalo, the Million's third-place finisher.

Earlier Saturday in Ireland, Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, first under the wire in this summer's Million before being disqualified, finished third in The Irish Champion Stakes behind the European-based Azamour, owned by The Aga Khan, and Norse Dancer.

Powerscourt was eventually placed fourth in the Million, moving up Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, second under the wire, into the Arlington Million winner's circle celebration. Kicken Kris is expected to make his first post-Million run in Belmont's Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Oct. 2.

Magistretti and Epalo, third and fourth under the wire in the Million, were moved up to second and third place respectively following the disqualification of Powerscourt.


Owner Frank C. Calabrese, already successful as defending champion in Arlington Park's owner standings this season, was recognized as Midwest Region Owner of the Year during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) National Awards Dinner Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.

Calabrese has been Arlington's leading owner in number of wins for the last five years and leading owner in money won for four straight seasons.

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